The Republican National Committee filed a lawsuit Wednesday towards the House panel investigating final 12 months’s assault on the Capitol, arguing the congressional committee is in search of probably confidential data on RNC members.
The lawsuit takes intention at a February subpoena to Salesforce that the Jan. 6 committee mentioned focuses on emails from the RNC within the weeks earlier than the assault on the Capitol saying the 2020 election was stolen.
The RNC known as the subpoena a “fishing expedition” that could expose its strategies and personal information of its members and donors. The suit names House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and members of the congressional committee as defendants.
“Nancy Pelosi and the Committee have weaponized Congress’ investigatory powers by issuing this staggeringly broad subpoena which tramples on core First Amendment rights of the RNC and millions of Americans,” RNC lawyer Justin Riemer mentioned in a press release.
Salesforce is a data and digital communications vendor for the RNC. The RNC said a subpoena could expose private information of party supporters and donors, including how people responded to and opened emails.
House committee spokesman Tim Mulvey responded Wednesday by saying the subpoena focuses on fundraising emails from former President Donald Trump’s campaign and the RNC that include false claims about election fraud.
“The Select Committee issued a subpoena to an e mail fundraising vendor as a way to assist investigators perceive the affect of false, inflammatory messages within the weeks earlier than January sixth, the circulation of funds, and whether or not contributions had been really directed to the aim indicated,” Mulvey said in a statement. “This motion has completely nothing to do with getting the non-public data of voters or donors.”
The subpoena letter dated Feb. 23 cites reporting that the emails were sent using a Salesforce-owned tool.
Salesforce did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.
The committee is investigating the Jan. 6 riot led by a pro-Trump mob as Congress was meeting to formally count the electoral votes affirming President Joe Biden’s election victory. The attack followed weeks of false claims about the election by Trump and his allies.
The committee, in a court docket submitting earlier this month, argued that Trump and others had been a part of a conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election outcomes and could have dedicated a criminal offense.
The Jan. 6 panel, which consists of seven Democrats and two Republicans, has subpoenaed dozens of people close to Trump or his associates.
The RNC has not been shy about its criticism of the Jan. 6 committee and its two GOP members. Last month, the RNC voted to censure Reps. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. and Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., for their role on the committee and their criticism of Trump.
The censure resolution described the two GOP lawmakers as “collaborating in a Democrat-led persecution of unusual residents engaged in reliable political discourse.” RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel later described it as discourse “that had nothing to do with violence on the Capitol.”
The lawsuit filed by the RNC seeks to have a judge block the subpoena of Salesforce. The RNC argued that if the subpoena is not blocked, an order limiting its scope to only “unprivileged information” should be issued.